Juba, July 14: South Sudan is going through a nightmare. The stories of rape, killings, and abductions have become familiar in cities of South Sudan. The United Nations says it is considering opening a peacekeeping base in South Sudan's troubled Yei region. Since civil war broke out in 2013, it was the first time such expansion would be carried out. This civil war has killed tens of thousands.
"I can see the prosperity that was once here," the peacekeeping mission’s chief, David Shearer, told residents on his first visit. Bodies with bound hands were found in Yei late last year. After the incident, U.N. warned of growing ethnic violence.
“The government doesn’t want to hear about crimes because they kill people,” a local resident, Minala said.
“It is a cruel tragedy of this war that South Sudan’s breadbasket, a region that a year ago could feed millions, has turned into treacherous killing fields,” said Joanne Mariner, Amnesty International’s senior crisis response adviser.
If local movements seem unrestricted, then only peacekeeping base will come to Yei. U.N. already has a large number of peacekeeping bases in South Sudan.
“Humanitarians will have to work with the country’s national security service in order to ensure their safety,” said Goodwin Ale, a field officer with the Interior Ministry.